STORMS SURROUNDING A VIOLIN CONCERTO AT MOSTLY MOZART

Mostly Mozart Festival; Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, N.Y.; August 24, 2005 Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival continued with a varied, if not very surprising program on Wednesday night, when young Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard, fresh from his debut the week before, led a program of Mendelssohn, Mozart and Beethoven. Avery Fisher Hall’s new configuration, […]

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THREE FRENCH OPERAS, TWO STARS AT GLIMMERGLASS

Glimmerglass Opera, Cooperstown, N.Y.; August 6th and 7th, 2005 Glimmerglass Opera in Cooperstown, New York is in bloom again, and in addition to Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and Britten’s Death in Venice, the company is presenting three French operas. Well, not exactly: One is Donizetti’s revision of his already famous 1835 opera, renamed “Lucie de […]

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BELLINI’S GRACEFUL “LA SONNAMBULA” AT CARAMOOR

Caramoor International Music Festival, Katonah, N.Y.; July 9, 2005 Over the years, Caramoor’s Opera Director Will Crutchfield has been concentrating on the bel canto period, with particular attention to the works of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti. This season’s offerings – Bellini’s La sonnambula and the original version of Verdi’s La traviata – continue that tradition, […]

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LANG LANG IN CARNEGIE RECITAL DEBUT

Carnegie Hall, New York; November 7, 2003 A barrage of microphones dangling in the air and the presence of at least three state-of-the-art video cameras indicated that pianist Lang Lang’s recital debut at Carnegie Hall was to be as much a media event as a concert. As it happens, the 21-year-old pianist handles the limelight […]

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FROM BOSTON, A PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE TO REMEMBER

Carnegie Hall, New York; October 20, 2003 Pelléas et Mélisande is the most fragile of operatic masterpieces, a diaphanous web of brilliant orchestral sounds wrapped around an enigmatic story and declamatory vocal lines. Without anything approaching a conventional aria it almost defines the term “a connoisseur’s opera,” but anyone with an ear to hear, a […]

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TRIO MEDIAEVAL GIVES HOT PERFORMANCE AT DARTMOUTH

Rollins Chapel, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, June 25, 2003 Rollins Chapel at Dartmouth College exhibited more of the attributes of a sauna than a concert hall last Wednesday night in Hanover, New Hampshire, but the 90-plus-degree temperatures seemed to present virtually no obstacle to the three extraordinary women of Trio Mediaeval, who performed a […]

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